Pacific Birth Collective
Island of Maui
Pacific Birth Collective
Island of Maui
Education, Support, and Advocacy for Birth and Wellness Choices Across Hawai'i
providing access to pregnancy, birth, & postpartum support to Maui families
Are you a family in need of birth or postpartum support? Can you demonstrate financial or circumstantial need?
This program connects Maui families with birth and postpartum doula services, midwifery care, and lactation support. Apply now for care. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
How it Works
Families apply directly to Pacific Birth Collective and if granted, choose from a list of providers below for care. Upon completion of care, PBC pays the practitioners directly for services provided. Families are required to fill out a pre- and post-survey and to sign a contract. Support is limited to one service per family.
Types of Care
A doula is a professional labor assistant who provides physical and emotional support for pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. There are typically two types. A birth doula helps birthing people prepare for childbirth and attends labor to support the mother and partner if one is present. Birth doulas are not medical professionals and do not perform medical assessments or procedures, and attend births at the hospital or at home with a midwife present. A postpartum doula does not accompany labor but instead cares for families family during the postpartum period with things like meal preparation, caring for the mother, caring for the infant and any siblings, and nursing assistance.
A midwife or pale keiki is a healthcare provider who is an expert in pregnancy, childbirth, newborn care, and postpartum health. They tend to be more holistic and supportive of natural approaches to pregnancy and birth. Midwives are trained to give physical, emotional, and practical support during childbirth. People often choose a midwife when they want to give birth at home. They can do prenatal care, order tests, provide education on nutrition and lactation, attend births, and care for the mother and infant after birth.
A cultural practitioner offering birth support is a professional trained via the apprentice model on supporting women and families through the rites of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum with a focus on incorporating cultural wisdom, such as protocol and la'au lapa'au, into practice. They give physical, emotional, spiritual, and practical support during childbirth. People often choose a cultural practitioner when they want to give birth at home.
Lactation support is given by professionals who have specialized training in breastfeeding. They help mothers establish good milk supply, offer guidance on nursing positions, and give advice on latching and pumping. Some lactation experts are IBCLCs, which stands for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
Meet your community birth professionals:
MIDWIVES & CULTURAL PRACTIONER BIRTH SUPPORT
Whitney holds a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery from the Midwives College of Utah. She is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). She is a Licensed Midwife with the state of Hawaii (MW-28).
Whitney began midwifery training in 2012, and has attended clinical rotations around the country and US territories gaining experience in birth centers and homebirth practices. She has 2 children who were born at home.
Whitney is also a trained childbirth educator, doula, and placenta preparation specialist.
Maui Midwifery has a consulting and collaborative working relationship with Dr. Nathan Riley MD FACOG, Beloved Holistics PCA
Ki‘i is a cultural practitioner of Lomi Lomi, La'au lapa'au, ho'oponopono and pale keiki who has been blessed to work with multiple kupuna before their passing.
Ki'i apprenticed and practiced with Maui midwives Tina Garzero and Kadi Mourningstar for more than a decade. She is currently practicing as a cultural practitioner with a focus on healing multi-generational trauma. She teaches ongoing classes supporting upcoming practitioners and families on the island of Maui.
As a mother of five home birth babies, she is committed to reproductive justice and advocacy in Hawaiʻi.
Contact info for Ki'i here.
Hi, I am Natalie. I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2010. I initially worked as an RN in pediatric oncology for a year and a half before finding my true passion for moms and babies in 2012. I was introduced to the world of breastfeeding through a Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative course while working as a Labor and Delivery Nurse. I was amazed that there were so many amazing facts about breastfeeding that I was never taught in nursing school. I was fascinated by what I was learning and wanted to share it with the world. I decided to take the steps to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and help as many families as possible. In 2013, I completed my year long journey and proudly became an IBCLC. IBCLC’s are the only internationally recognized health care professionals that specialize in lactation care and I am proud to call myself an IBCLC.
In the summer of 2015 I moved to Maui. It was then that Maui Breastfeeding Support was born. I started it as a “passion project” to be able to help families breastfeed while I was working a job in the healthcare system. I realized that I wanted Maui Breastfeeding Support to be my only job, and not a side-gig. This is where my passion was and I loved helping families meet their breastfeeding goals. It took a while but I was finally able to make that happen and quit my nursing job in November 2021. Maui Breastfeeding Support has since expanded and now has an office location in Wailuku. Giving families the support and encouragement they need to meet their breastfeeding goals is one of my greatest joys. This is more than a job, it is a calling.